Our People

The men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and their civilian colleagues are the RCAF’s greatest strength, the heart of the institution and the foundation upon which the RCAF’s future is built. They are extraordinary and professional, capable of accomplishing great things, setting standards of quality that are respected around the world. Day after day, night after night they contribute directly and indirectly to the delivery of air and space power for our nation.

Our airmen and airwomen are guided and inspired by the achievements of those who have served in the Air Force throughout its history.

Here are some of their stories.

A group of people, seen from behind, sit in chairs in a large indoor space, listening to a man wearing a blue uniform.

Royal Air Force marks 100th anniversary by inspiring Canadian youth

As part of the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Canada, students and cadets are participating in RAF100 events at Vintage Wings of Canada.
June 8, 2018

A person wearing orange clothing tends to a girl with simulated injuries.

Chinthex 2018

435 Transport and Rescue Squadron holds annual SAR exercise.
June 7, 2018

Two men in green flying uniforms hold a certificate in a folder between them.

RCAF trainees encouraged to make the most of their time between courses

Waiting periods between various phases of RCAF training is inevitable—but trainees are encouraged to make the most of those gaps for both personal and professional development.
June 4, 2018

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Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered in Ottawa

More than 60 years ago, Lieutenant Barry Troy disappeared when his Banshee fighter jet crashed off the coast of Florida. On April 27, 2018, members of the Troy family gathered with personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy to pay tribute to his memory.
June 1, 2018

Three women in volleyball sports clothing stand on a volleyball court

Chang sisters representing Canada at international volleyball competition

Three sisters – two from the RCAF and one from the RCN – are representing Canada at an international military volleyball championship being held in Edmonton, Alberta.
June 1, 2018

Several men wearing flying uniforms and life vests in front of a large aircraft.

Canadians and the legendary Dambusters Raid

On the night of May 16/17, 1943, Canadians were among the audacious Lancaster bomber crews who struck dams on the Ruhr river valley, heartland of the German industrial complex. They have gone down in history as “The Dambusters”.
May 16, 2018

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Wing Commander Barker continues to inspire today’s RCAF leaders

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies was renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC on April 12, 2018. The school’s commandant reflects on Wing Commander Barker’s enduring legacy and the strong parallels between the First World War Ace and the modern RCAF school that is now named after him.
April 25, 2018

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A 1963 snapshot of 1 Air Division Europe

The history of Canada’s 1 Air Division Europe is outlined in an extract from a 1963 publication.
April 23, 2018

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Royal Air Force celebrates 100th anniversary

As the Royal Air Force celebrates 100 years of service to the UK, the Royal Canadian Air Force revisits its long and interwoven history of training, war-fighting, and mutual respect with the RAF.
April 18, 2018

Two men in military uniforms sit at a table covered in tartan cloth and a group of military personnel stand behind them.

RCAF school renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies was renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC on April 12, 2018.
April 17, 2018

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